Thursday, June 18, 2009

Cabinet overturns previous govt's decision to sack army chief

The government has reversed the previous government's decision to sack Chief of Army Staff Rookmangud Katawal and appoint Lt. General Kul Bahadur Khadka as acting CoAS.

A cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister's office, Singha Durbar, Thursday evening took such decision.

CoAS Katawal was sacked by the Maoist-led government on March 3. President Dr Ram Baran Yadav blocked the erstwhile cabinet's decision by asking Katawal to remain in position.

Erstwhile Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' resigned the next day over the same issue.

The cabinet has also decided to appoint information minister Shankar Pokhrel as the spokesperson of the government and has delegated peace minister Rakam Chemjong to hold talks with the armed groups in Terai

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